Barron Co. Sheriff seeking information on slain parents of Jayme Closs

As the search for missing Barron, Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs enters the fifth day, the Barron County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about her murdered parents to contact them. 

The bodies of James and Denise Closs were discovered shortly after 1 a.m. Monday morning following a 911 call made from the home. The couple had been shot to death and their 13-year-old daughter, who authorities believe was home at the time of the murders, was gone by the time they arrived. 

Jayme is believed to be in danger. 

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald is hoping learning more about the Closs family that will help investigators find Jayme. He is asking anyone who has spent time with members of the Closs family recently or who had a misunderstanding with members of the Closs family or knows someone who has to call the tip line at 1-855-744-3879. 

An email address has been established to take in additional tips, as well as photos or videos related to possible sightings of Jayme:

The FBI is involved in the case as well. More than 1,000 tips have been received so far. 

Fitzgerald is also asking the public to pay attention to anyone whose behavior has changed recently or who has changes in their routine. People may act differently shortly after committing a violent act, he said. People may have observed changes in behavior and not realized it at the time. 


They will miss work. The absence will be sudden and unplanned. They may either be a “no show” or they may offer a reasonable excuse such as illness, death in the family, car trouble, etc.

They may miss scheduled appointments. These appointments or commitments may include medical appointments, a regular responsibility to a friend or family member, like caring for an elderly relative.

They may suddenly leave town, either with no explanation or with some reasonable explanation.


There may be changes in their usual consumption of alcohol and/or drugs. This could be an increase or a decrease in drinking or drug use.

They may make a change in how they look or make it difficult to identify them, such as changing the look of their vehicle or selling or getting rid of their vehicle.

They may pay too much or too little attention to the progress of this investigation that seems out of the ordinary. They may try to find new information about the investigation or, they may quickly turn off the news and social media or try to redirect conversations about the victims or their families.

They may be anxious, nervous or irritable. They may withdraw from normal activities.